24 APRIL 1920, Page 23

Just as there are too many sorts of beer, there

are far too many garden books. We should be well content to be quit of fifty per cent. of each, keeping.only the better half. Amongst that moiety we would certainly preserve Mr. George Dillistone's little volume, The Planning and Planting of Little Gardena (Coun- try Life, 6s.). It is an " efficiency " book, showing how one can make much of little—not merely in food-production but aesthet- ically also. That is real " efficiency," the assuring of high divi- dends of pleasure from even a small investment of time, toil, and money. The book is embellished with a number of illustra- tions, including a large variety of lay-out plans for small sites. These are always shown in relation to the house that they are designed to complete, the author being as sound on the archi- tectural aspect of garden-making as upon matters of pure horticulture. Sir Lawrenoe Weaver contributes notes and criti- cisms that show how necessary it is that the garden-maker should busy himself with drawing-board and T-square before ever he touches his spade or wheelbarrow.